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Out and About: Jamie Selig

Out and About: Jamie Selig
Jamie Selig is the owner of James Selig Estate Jewelry and Antiques at 161 Broad Street in Windsor. He owns the store with his sister, Sharran Selig Bennet. The store is packed full of rare and unusual treasures. You can spend hours just browsing through the inventory, which changes on a daily basis. You can find everything from an antique adding machine to vinyl record albums.

Jamie grew up in Windsor. His parents, William and Barbara, settled here in 1949 when homes in the suburbs became affordable for soldiers with the GI Bill. The couple had seven kids so the siblings grew up as a very close family.

Jamie’s father saw that he was a creative kid and encouraged him to learn about history and get into collecting. So when Jamie found an interesting pocket knife, he started collecting them and found many different types with intriguing shapes and features. But Jamie really got interested in antiques when he received a Mickey Mouse radio from Mrs. Clark on Hillcrest Rd. He was about 10 years old at the time and he loved that radio. He started researching it and found that it was actually worth quite a bit of money. Surprised, he mentioned it to his father who encouraged him to accompany him to some local auctions. Jamie was immediately hooked.

Jamie attended school in Windsor, then went on to college. After that, he followed the Grateful Dead around New England for a while and had a blast. “I love music and hearing it live at so many great venues was an amazing experience,” says Jamie. He settled down around 1988 to go into the family business, Bill Selig Ford.

Bill Selig Ford was once in Windsor center. The building now known as Central Street Antiques (currently the home of Get Baked) used to be the Selig Ford car repair center. And the land where Track 139 is now is where they stored used cars and offered detailing services. In the mid 90’s, they moved their operation to Bloomfield Avenue. At that time, Jamie convinced his brothers to refurbish the old building and turn it into an antiques center. They rented out space to 70 antique dealers and Jamie used open spots to sell the silver, antiques, collectibles and other items he bought at auctions and estate sales.

He stayed in the car business for six years, doing antiques on the side, but when his father passed away in 1994, he decided it was time to make antiques his career. He took over the antiques center and started holding auctions. He did well and had a great following. In time, the antiques market started to shift. Slowly the larger decorative items like colonial dining room sets and Victorian style furniture that had been cherished by the baby boom generation were going out of favor.

“We had to pivot from a traditional antiques business into a retail shop that carries items favored by the younger crowd,” Jamie remembers. He opened James Selig Estate Jewelry and Antiques in early 2017. They specialize in estate jewelry, silver, coins, artwork, bronzes, and other items. “The collectibles market is alive and well,” says Sharran, “but the sought-after items have changed.” People are more interested in things from the 50’s and 60’s - mid-century modern - things they may have seen on a show like "Mad Men."

In addition to selling a fascinating array of merchandise in the store, they also buy gold and silver scrap and have it melted down for reuse. Jamie says, “Most people have seen ads on TV for “Good Ole’ Tom” or others, but they prefer to do business with someone they know, from their own community."

Another unique service Jamie provides is house cleanouts. “I will look at any type of home, with any amount or value of items and figure out what needs to be done. Sometimes they just need actual junk hauled away. We do that. More often, an elderly relative has passed away and they need someone to deal with a house full of stuff. We do that too.” "Dealing with the death of a parent is emotionally painful and physically draining,” says Sharran. “Jamie takes care of people with compassion and real care.” He says, “Every item I move out of a house was important to someone. I keep that in mind when working with grieving families.”

The best thing about being in the antiques business for Jamie is getting to find “buried" treasure. "It's actually kind of fun to dig around an old attic and find something really unusual.” He also enjoys finding new homes for those treasures. "There’s so much stuff being thrown in landfills. When a chain company is called in, they throw so much away without a second thought. It’s a shame,” says Jamie.

James Selig Estate Jewelry and Antiques is a member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Jamie feels that “Windsor is a nice community and has so much history. I really love history and thinking about where things have come from, who owned them in the past, and what life was like back then.”

When he’s not at work, Jamie likes to play guitar, go to concerts, and play basketball.

Three words to describe Jamie are 'passionate, knowledgeable, respectful’.


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Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 21 at Elm and Broad Street
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 21 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Shad Derby Day
May 21 at Windsor Town Green
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 21 at Stony Hill School
Tickborne Illness Support Group
May 21 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 22 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Hypertension Workshop
May 23 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 23 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Windsor Toastmasters Club
May 23 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
Yoga Strong
May 26 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 2 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Yoga Strong
Jun 2 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 4 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 4 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 5 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 5 at WAC Train Station Studios
Gardens in the Hudson Valley
Jun 6 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Hypertension Workshop
Jun 6 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 6 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 7 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 9 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Virtual Book Club
Jun 9 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Yoga Strong
Jun 9 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 11 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 12 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 12 at WAC Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 13 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Learn How to Lead Like a Pro
Jun 13 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Windsor Toastmasters Club
Jun 13 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 14 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 16 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Camino de Santiago Lecture
Jun 16 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Yoga Strong
Jun 16 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 18 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 18 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Windsor House Tour is Back!
Jun 18 at Windsor Historical Society
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 19 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 20 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Strawberry Festival and Vendor Fair
Jun 20 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 21 at Elm and Broad Street
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 21 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Shad Derby Day
May 21 at Windsor Town Green
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 21 at Stony Hill School
Tickborne Illness Support Group
May 21 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 21 at Elm and Broad Street
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 21 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Shad Derby Day
May 21 at Windsor Town Green
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 21 at Stony Hill School
Tickborne Illness Support Group
May 21 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 22 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Hypertension Workshop
May 23 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 23 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Windsor Toastmasters Club
May 23 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
Yoga Strong
May 26 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 21 at Elm and Broad Street
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 21 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Shad Derby Day
May 21 at Windsor Town Green
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 21 at Stony Hill School
Tickborne Illness Support Group
May 21 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 22 at Windsor Train Station Studios